A Bridesmaid Belt

A friend at work is getting married and I have discovered that I really LOVE sewing accessories for weddings. It’s a neat way to contribute something and also help friends easily save a lot of money.

For my friend, in her fittings they found a cute beaded belt but it was over $100. At work we talked about it and I mentioned that we just needed to go to Mood and we could probably find and make something similar for much less.

We went on an initial exploration trip and it was so fun for her to see all the fabrics and trims! From there we went back a little while later and picked out a favorite and some ribbon to use for the ties.

With this selected, I took it home and hand stitched the mesh back behind the beads. I then attached the ribbons, used glitter nail polish to prevent the edges from fraying, and embroidered a little message about the bride and her sister that will receive this belt.

I have room to improve that last bit some but it will be hidden so who cares? 🙂

I also made this little bag out of some silk chiffon scraps so that it can be a nice gift.  I put the logo on in case I’m famous one day Haha

I can’t wait to see photos of her big day!  She has a very nice fiance and I’m genuinely just happy for her.

Starting out with some projects from Tokyo

This is my first attempt to create a purse with hard handles. This fabric is a cotton from Okadaya Shinjuku which we found on a whim after the Nippori stores were all closed on January 2nd, 2019. Earlier that day, we spent a little over 4 hours waiting to see the Emperor and by the time we got to Nippori, all the stores had closed early. All we could do was eat some wonderful Ramen and head home 🙂 We made it back to Tomato Fabrics two days later and I bought a bright colorful cotton to make the lining (and some other fabrics that will be described in future posts). This purse was a gift for a dear friend. I experimented a little boldly with the shape and trying to create the box pleat. I wanted this to be fancier than a standard tote, but in hindsight, I’m not 100% sure if I got the proportions perfect. The gift receiver actually attached her own long gold chain strap to either side and now it looks great!